• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • When packing a lunch, if it contains perishable items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources such as freezer packs.
  • Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly so perishable food transported without a cold source won't stay safe long.
  • If packing a hot lunch, like soup or chili, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let it stand for a few minutes, empty , then put in the piping hot food.
  • If packing a child's lunch the night before, parents should leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

  Health Update

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